By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Carlos Chiossone
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Jack Stevens
Taking “three’s company” to a more intimate level, Cait Earnest shares an intimate one-bed apartment with her two boyfriends and their two adorable pups.
Her partners Chris and Matt, 28, Brandt - who are married - have been together for eight years and were exploring an open relationship when Cait, 28, met Chris, 38, on a dating app in 2015.
When they realised that they had strong feelings for each other, Chris asked Matt if he could invite Cait into their relationship.
Chris explained: “Matthew had never had any experience with women before he’d met me. And before I met Matthew I had dated quite a few girls and quite a few guys.
“I suggested to Chris, ‘How would you feel about involving a woman in some fashion?’
“At first he was completely opposed to the idea but after a while we talked about it and he warmed up to the idea.”
Before long the threesome, from New York, were smitten with each other and became inseparable.
Chris says: “The three of us started to spend more and more time together and after about seven or eight months she was staying over five nights a week.”
Despite the unusual nature of their relationship, the trio is very open about their dynamic.
Cait says: “When we meet somebody at a bar I will usually say, ‘Hi, I’m Cait and these are my two boyfriends. People often ask if I’m joking.”
Although things are usually plain sailing, the thruple’s relationship throws up some curve balls too - including ‘bed placing’.
Chris said: “In regards bed placing, it does complicate things. Matthew and I used to sleep on opposite sides and then Cait came long.
"If I wanted to stay on the same side Cait would have to be in the middle and we found quickly she didn’t like that.”
Meeting Chris and Matt also gave Cait her first experience of a sex life with more than one person.
She said: “I had never been with two people at the same time before. It’s different strokes for different folks but I would say it’s a pretty fun sex life."
Even Matt’s grandpa has embraced their relationship and he is always asking when one of them is going to get Cait pregnant.
Nine months into their relationship with Cait, Matt and Chris tied the knot but they made sure Cait was right there with them.
Matt said: “Even when we got married Cait officiated the wedding, we wanted to make her the most involved as she possibly could be.”
While Chris and Cait are both bisexual, Matt identifies as homoflexible.
He said: “I’m homoflexible so I like guys and I’m open, flexible to women - I prefer men.
“I guess I had an awakening after I had a sexual experience with a women. It is just another body, another soul, a connection that I can have.”
Although the trio is content now, they have all struggled with jealousy at one point in the relationship.
Cait said: “When we first got together I was struggling with the jealousy.
“With having a very strong connection with Chris and sometimes feeling frustrated that I would have to split time with Matt.
“But with a lot of that came a lot of insecurity, because I didn’t know where my place was in the relationship.”
Matt also faced similar fears at the beginning of their romance as a thruple.
He said: “It was a struggle even for me. The insecure part of my was like, ‘Chris loves me more because he’s been with me longer’, but then he told me ‘I love you just as much as I love Cait, so I was like, ‘I need to come to terms with that’.”
With the three of them in the relationship, no-one in the thruple is ever wanting for attention, but Matt says there’s one particular highlight – the gifts!
He said: “One of the best things about being in a thruple is that you get more gifts. Holidays, birthdays, we like to celebrate everything!”
Now that they have been living together for two years, the thruple are even discussing future children.
Matt added: “As far as kids, I think any child would be lucky to have three parents but we have two dogs for now and that’s enough.”